Workers at Missouri Western are moving to make room for the arrival of the Chiefs
They are busy at Chiefs headquarters in the Truman Sports Complex, and they are busy at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
The team and MWSU are both getting ready for the start of the Chiefs 2014 training camp. As of Tuesday, it’s a dozen days until the staff and rookies report to campus with a practice on Monday, July 21st that’s not open to the public. The rookies will practice for three days and then the veterans report and the first full-team workout is Thursday, July 24th.
A lot of work must get done before it all comes together. Last week, the folks in St. Joe were moving the school’s equipment out of the workout facility that will be the working home of the Chiefs for three weeks.
“That first Monday after the Fourth of July, we start packing,” said Jay White, the school’s athletic operations director. “This is our fifth year doing it and it’s just standard protocol now.”
As they move out, Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright and his crew begin moving in and setting up an equipment room, training room and meeting rooms.
Football is almost here!
Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was in the Middle East over the weekend, specifically in Qatar where he was part of an American football clinic for children in that nation’s capital Doha. Speaking with the media while he was there, he was asked about dealing with the fame of playing in the NFL with his Islamic beliefs and lifestyle.
Abdullah’s thoughts tell us a lot about him.
“It is not real life,” he said. “It is not. I know a lot of players, former players, while they are playing, people lift them high and mighty, and the second they are not playing, they don’t even give them a second look anymore. So for me, it is a short-lived career and I know it is something fake. I just live my daily life normal.”
In the NFL, Husain Abdullah is far from normal. Thank God. Thank Allah.
Early odds on NFL MVP
Peyton Manning is a 3/1 favorite to win his sixth NFL Most Valuable Player honor according to the oddsmakers at the internet site Bovada.
Manning won last year in a landslide vote as he led the Broncos to the Super Bowl. He won previously in 2003-04-08-09.
A quarterback is always a good bet for an early MVP favorite. Since 2000, the position has grabbed the trophy 10 times. The last non-QB winner was in 2012 by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.
That’s why the first eight players on the odds list are quarterbacks, including Manning:
- Drew Brees β 11/2
- Aaron Rodgers β 15/2
- Tom Brady β 9/1
- Andrew LuckΒ β 16/1
- Jay Cutler β 20/1
- Matthew Stafford β 20/1
The first Chiefs name on the list is running back Jamaal Charles at 66/1 along with Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, Chicago running back Matt Forte, Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant, Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones and New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham.
Quarterback Alex Smith is listed at 150/1.
Talkin’ fantasy football
We don’t spend a lot of time on fantasy football on the website, largely because I prefer my fantasies come from other areas of life and real football, which is more than enough excitement for me.
But this is the time of year where fans are preparing for their fantasy drafts and there will be a lot of discussion on who the best NFL players are to own in a fantasy league.
One of those is Charles. He will be the No. 1 or 2 draft choice in most fantasy leagues. He was the No. 1 running back last year with 259 carries for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns and 70 catches for 693 yards and seven touchdown catches. The rushing touchdowns, catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns were all career highs.
Another reason the fantasy “experts” like Charles is head coach Andy Reid. When he was spending 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid’s offense produced running backs that had to seven seasons with 1,000 yards rushing, eight seasons with 1,500 total yards, 10 years with at least 50 catches and six seasons with at least 10 total touchdowns.